What is MetroHacks?

“The world needs more CS graduates.” — Forbes
“Employers fear there is a shortage of workers with a degree in Computer Science to fill their demand of skilled workers.” — Bureau of Labor Statistics
“In the new economy, computer science isn’t optional, it’s a basic skill.” — President Barack Obama

We are now living in the golden age of computer science. The future will be run on code, and we must be prepared for it.

The founders of MetroHacks grew up with a love for technology and coding. They also understood early on that an education in Computer Science would be essential to their success in whatever field they chose to pursue. Hungry for a chance to learn new skills and apply them to real-world projects and problems, they started attending hackathons.

Hackathons are events where anywhere from a handful to several thousand students gather in one location to build software and hardware applications. Over the course of 12–36 hours, participants build projects to detect disease, bring people with similar interests together, or establish a more efficient and productive communication platform for businesses. They experiment with wearable technology to monitor your exercise and sleep, build robots to can brush your teeth for you, and devices that sync your toaster with your phone so you can make your breakfast while still in bed. Hackathons are incredible events, and many students have even switched majors to computer science after attending one.

The majority of hackathons cater to college students. Perhaps this is because people believe that those completing a college degree are better suited to creating cool and effective technology. Whatever the reason, the founding team of MetroHacks found the lack of focus on hackathons for high school students to be discouraging. They believed that high school students are just as able as to create technological devices and businesses that could have a significant and positive impact on the world as their collegiate peers.

In fact, we at MetroHacks believe it’s especially important that high school students have the opportunity to attend a hackathon. The unique environment of a hackathon provides a rare window into the world of technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Between impact-oriented brainstorming, furious debugging, and inevitable high-fiving, a hackathon is a place where participants fall in love with the process of creation. Since today’s high school technologists and innovators will define the future of our world, they should not have to wait until college for this sort of potentially life-altering experience.

So in 2016, the founding organizers came together and built MetroHacks from the ground up with one principle in mind:

MetroHacks brings a collegiate-style hackathon to high school students of all backgrounds who possess the desire to create.

At MetroHacks 2016, any high school student in the region could access the resources of a full-fledged collegiate hackathon. They attended workshops on Machine Learning and Node.js. They had the chance to build projects using cutting-edge technologies such as the Intel Edison and 3D Printers. They wandered between tables and were inspired by what their fellow high school peers were learning and building.

MetroHacks participants were equipped with the skills and drive to dive into the technological world and become tomorrow’s great inventors and entrepreneurs. These attendees have gone on to intern at tech companies, create their own hacking events, and even start their own tech businesses.

Feel free to check out some of last year’s Medium articles to read about the event, or visit 2016.Metrohacks.co.

Now it’s our turn to introduce MetroHacks II, our second annual event designed with the same fundamental principles as the original MetroHacks, but with some awesome additions — such as Virtual Reality headsets and more surprises! The MetroHacks team is dedicated to creating an inspiring and life-changing experience for our participants this year, and we promise you will not want to miss out.

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t typed a line of code in your life.

If you want to learn and create something new through technology, MetroHacks is the event for you. Through thorough and effective workshops on topics like iOS and web development, we will give you the tools you need to build amazing projects. Industry professionals will personally mentor you. Tech leaders from around the world will come to share their perspectives and experience with you.

If you possess the inner fire to fully immerse yourself into the world of technology and entrepreneurship and the aptitude to create, MetroHacks is the hackathon for you.

Sincerely,

The MetroHacks team

www.metrohacks.co